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Hands & Foot Treatment

The condition of the hands depends on the care you give them. The skin on the back of the hands is soft and thin and prone to early wrinkling. Whereas the skin on the palm is thick and tough. The palm has no sebaceous glands, thus no natural lubrication thus they can become dry and rough.

*** After your bath or any washing, always massage your hands with a lubricating cream. In fact, barrier creams should always be used when tackling particularly dirty and greasy jobs.
*** Get into the habit of giving yourself a weekly manicure, which will make your hands look good along with helping them to combat annoying problems like chipping, splitting, peeling and cracking.
*** If your nails persistently split and chip, then they probably need strengthening by regular use of one of the many nail hardeners in the market.
*** Every night, before bedtime, massage your hands with a cream for few minutes.
*** For an emergency treatment for coarse, rough skin, apply cream lavishly at bed time and go to sleep with cotton gloves on.

Cocoa Butter Hand Cream

2 cups warm water
1 1/2 cup glycerin
1/2 ounce spirits of ammonia
1/2 ounce cocoa butter
1/2 teaspoon boric acid
1 cup stearic acid

Combine the cocoa butter, glycerin and stearic acid in a glass bowl. Melt over low heat in a pot of hot water. Remove the bowl and add ammonia. Stir until milky. Add boric acid to warm water. Add to first mixture. Mix with beater for 10 minutes at high speed. Perfume and color as desired. Age for 2 weeks before using.

Many of us do not give our feet the required attention, hardly realizing that they absorb nearly 5 times our body weight. Each foot has 26 bones-a quarter of all the bones in your body-combined with an intricate network of muscles and tendons.

It is essential that:

              * You look after your feet.
              * Keep your toe nails trimmed
              * Remove rough skin.
              * Massage feet & ankle regularly. 

Foot Scrubs

Making home-made cleansing scrubs are very easy and a great way to rejuvenate and cleanse tired and warn out feet. This mixture can also be a wonderful way to remove calluses from your feet with continued use.

1 Tablespoon of coarse, clean sand
1/4 cup light canola oil
1/4 cup liquid hand soap
1/4 cup sea salt
1/4 cup Epsom salt

Lavender Hand and Foot Wash

Use this wash to relieve red and inflamed hands and feet.

1/2 cup dried Lavender Flowers
1/2 cup finely chopped Fresh Sage
2 cups of water
8 drops of Lavender Oil

In a saucepan, combine lavender flowers, sage and water. Simmer, covered, on low heat for 20 minutes. Strain mixture through cheesecloth and let cool. Discard the solids, retain the liquid. Add Lavender Oil, shake to emulsify, and then apply to hands and feet with a soft wash cloth or cotton pads. Repeat as necessary, or desired.

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